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Karel Simbartl

KAREL SIMBARTL age 90, beloved husband for 61 years of Linda (nee Hicks); loving father of Karel J. Simbartl (wife Loretta) and Karen Fantozzi (husband James); devoted grandfather of Katerina DiFranco (husband John), Anthony Fantozzi (fiancé Kiley Blazek), Jennifer Simbartl, Marine PFC Nicholas Simbartl, and soon to be great-grandfather; cherished son of the late Joseph and Marie Simbartl; loving brother to the late Joseph, Vaclav and Jan; fond brother-in-law of Susan Leonard; dear uncle and great uncle to many.

Karel Simbartl was born February 2, 1931 in Prichovice, Czech Republic and died peacefully in his sleep on December 22, 2021 in Mentor, OH.

He left the Czech Republic for Germany in 1948 to build a better life.  Karel made his way to Canada in 1950 and worked in the nickel mines. He finally was able to immigrate to the United States in 1960 where he met and married his wife Linda in 1961.

Karel worked as a machinist for Park Ohio Industries. He was handy and could fix anything and became an expert at fixing golf carts.  Karel loved animals, especially his grand dogs and grand cats, and was known by many as a real-life Dr. Doolittle.  He was an avid bird watcher, loved to feed them and entice different varieties to come to his feeders. Karel also enjoyed playing golf, specifically at the 9-hole course at Holiday Camplands. He was a devoted fan of Canadian hockey teams, the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns.

Karel was outgoing and could strike up a conversation with anyone. He was giving and generous with his time, loved to help others and had a wonderful sense of humor. Karel will be dearly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Karel to Rescue Village: Geauga Humane Society Animal Shelter, 5463 Chillicothe Rd, Novelty, OH 44072



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